RIGHT WITH GOD
“Now that we have been put right with God through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. He has brought us by faith into this experience of God’s grace, in which we now live. And so we boast of the hope we have of sharing God’s glory! We also boast of our troubles, because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance brings God’s approval, and his approval creates hope. This hope does not disappoint us, for God has poured out his love into our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit, who is God’s gift to us.”
– Paul’s Letter to the Romans 5: 1-5
(Good News Bible)
There was a pew into which I sat with a red missal in my lap
It lay open in my hands to the readings
The holy Anthony at my side, I found myself in a subtle place
At first there were the usual entreaties to God in my chattering mind
Then there were only words from the source
These: Love, faith, hope, peace
My hands were a vessel into which they poured
And after a while I couldn’t feel them any more
I had only an awareness of self
I would have visited for a longer time
Had a tear not emerged from the inner recesses of my right eye
To explode down my cheek
It willed me to open that eye, to look for something to wipe it with
And only then did I realise how far I had gone into silence
Into that space which is short of me and the other –
And I noticed my book, still weightless
in the palms of my hands still open for more –
But the mass had ended.
© Millicent Danker
30 September 2012
“My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain
Where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
And the fact that I think
That I am following Your Will
Does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that
The desire to please You
Does in fact please You.
And I hope I have that desire
In all that I am doing…”.
(Thomas Merton, 1915-1968)
The pain of loss
The fear of gain.
Whither our soul?
Where our shame?
Our coloured nation
of shared horizon
by wrong coalition.
As we weep and mourn
in a valley of tears
We learn to trust
God sees and hears.
So time will tell
the ground may swell
and fill the hole;
We can be whole
© Millicent Danker
6 May 2013